The Lion & the Fox – not the name of your new local, instead it’s a sharply designed, achingly cool Hair Salon come Gallery nestled in the heart of London’s design heartland, Clerkenwell. The space offers a clever and unique concept that delivers the latest dose of photographic and art works alongside some of London’s most talented hair stylists and colourists. The brainchild of established session stylist Tim Pateman and renowned photographer Leo Cackett, The Lion & The Fox was born over a desire to reinvent the classic salon experience alongside the chance to promote their passions of hair and photography in tandem.
Spanning two floors, the overall interiors approach was devised by Rich Ryan and celebrates the original architecture giving it an industrial yet polished feel with exposed brickwork, wooden flooring, feature lighting and on brand muted tones. Upon entering, clients are welcomed into the gallery space and presented with great pieces of wild and raw photography from Leo’s latest projects. In the middle of the room, no obstructive reception desk, instead a low profile relaxed chair and table set up.
Committed to the highest standards of hair dressing, Tim Pateman leads the team with an emphasis on honing their own techniques whilst creating a look that is individual to each client- there is no cookie cutter approach here. The pricing structure is informal and unintimidating, gone are the days of the unknown, this is a no holds barred concept with a ‘we not me’ philosophy. The salon team uses the all natural brand Davines exclusively and expands across seven chairs with a range of services including full cut and colour menu, braid bar, fringe trims and Brazilian blow dries.
Starting 2017, The Lion & The Fox will play host to a series of exhibitions and events celebrating the very best of London talent.